BLACK CREEK NATURE SANCTUARY
Located in Keweenaw County, Black Creek Nature Sanctuary has been owned by MNA since 1991, when the first 121 acres were acquired through a donation from Ruth Sablich. Sablich encouraged many of her Calumet High School classmates to donate as well, and an additional 120 acres were acquired in 1992 in three 40-acre lots with the help of these donations. The 241-acre sanctuary has a 2.8 mile trail that begins in a flat, sandy backdune landscape supporting an abundant mix of blueberry, trailing arbutus, bearberry, and lichens anchored to the surrounding rock, bark, and soil. The trail continues through northern wildflowers, such as rattlesnake plantain, baneberry and sarsaparilla, which are nestled under a canopy of white birch, balsam fir, sugar maple, and northern white cedar. The trail also passes by active beaver ponds surrounded by speckled alder and through a stands of conifers and hardwoods in varying stages of succession. Wolves, black bears, and moose have been spotted in the sanctuary. Lake Superior’s large waves contribute to the ever-changing size and shape of the lagoon where Black Creek and Hills Creek converge. Along the shoreline of Hills Creek, visitors can find old stamp sand deposits remaining from the copper mining era, as well as black non-magnetic basalt sand and rocks of all sizes. With its beautiful shoreline and creek meandering, Black Creek Nature Sanctuary provides a scenic getaway for visitors and offers a true taste of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.
|MICHIGAN NATURE ASSOCIATION
|Black Creek Nature Sanctuary Fact Sheet.pdf